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October 01, 2014

Fumbles force the US Secret Service director to resign. First there was the fence-jumper incident. Then the revelation that an armed security contractor—an ex-convict—rode an elevator with president Barack Obama. Director Julia Pierson stepped down after a grilling on Capitol Hill yesterday from members of both parties, who questioned her agency’s competence. She’ll be replaced by a retired Secret Service man, Joseph Clancy.

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Hyundai workers return to the factory floor. Staff voted by a slim 51.5% margin to end to a strike that was expanded after Hyundai paid $10 billion for a trophy plot of land in Seoul’s Gangnam district. The company’s workers, who will each receive payments of 8.9 million won ($8,400), have gone on strike for all but four of their union’s 27-year history.

October 01, 2014
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October 01, 2014

That convenient Wi-Fi on planes could blank out cockpit screens. The US Federal Aviation Administration is has ordered airlines to replace Honeywell-made cockpit displays that don’t seem to get along with Wi-Fi signals and cellular devices. The screens, which can blank out with interference, are in in 1,326 planes—Boeing 737 and 777 models—and must be replaced over the next five years at a cost of $13.8 million.

October 01, 2014

Pepsi sweetened with stevia is launching as an Amazon exclusive. Pepsi True will look and taste like regular Pepsi, but it’ll be sweetened with a combination of sugar and the herbal sweetener stevia instead of high-fructose corn syrup. True will eventually be on grocery store shelves, but not the big chains. The new concoction will be 40 calories lighter than the original, though the health-conscious should probably still stick to water.

October 01, 2014

Viagra could damage some men’s vision. Sildenafil, the active ingredient in Viagra, can cause temporary vision problems for anyone, but for the one in 50 men who carry a mutated gene linked to retinal degeneration, the drug may do more harm. Mice with the gene who took slidenafil experienced vision damage for two weeks and their eyes showed early signs of cell death.

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